Jayalalithaa Memor 1931588a
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Text of the Memorandum presented by Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Honble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to Shri Narendra Modi,
Honble Prime Minister of India on 3.6.2014 is reproduced
I. WATER RESOURCES ISSUES
(a) Formation of Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee for the
implementation of the Final Order of the Cauvery Water
With our persistent and untiring efforts and with the
intervention of the Supreme Court, the Final Order of the Cauvery
Water Disputes Tribunal dated 5.2.2007, has been notified by the Government of India on 19.2.2013. Tamil Nadu has been urging
the Government of India for the early formation of the Cauvery
Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. A Pro tem Supervisory Committee has been formed which has not
been effective. We request that the Cauvery Management Board and
the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee be formed immediately.
(b) Nomination of a representative from the Central Water
Commission in the Supervisory Committee to supervise
the raising of water level to 142 ft. in the Mullai Periyar Dam as per the judgment of the Supreme Court dated
The Supreme Court in a historic judgment dated 7.5.2014 has ruled in favour of Tamil Nadu and declared Keralas
amended Act of 2006 as unconstitutional and ultra vires in
its application to Mullai Periyar Dam. The Court allowed the Government of Tamil Nadu to increase the storage of water in the
Dam to 142 feet under the supervision of a 3-Member Supervisory Committee, with one representative each from the Central Water
Commission and from the two States Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The
Government of Tamil Nadu has nominated its representative and addressed the Government of India to nominate its representative
in the 3-Member Supervisory Committee. The Supervisory
Committee should be in position before the onset of the South West Monsoon so that the Order enabling Tamil Nadu
to store water in the Dam up to 142 feet can be implemented
(c) Release of Water from Neyyar Dam by Government of
9200 acres of land in Vilvancode Taluk, Kanyakumari District, which was part of the erstwhile Travancore-Cochin State before
States reorganization, was to benefit under the Left Bank canal of
the Neyyar Irrigation Project. After the reorganisation of States the Vilvancode Taluk had been transferred to Tamil Nadu and water was
being released from the Neyyar Dam for irrigation up to February
2004. The Government of Kerala abruptly stopped the supply of water from March, 2004, on the plea that Neyyar is an Intra-State
river. I request the Honble Prime Minister to direct the Government
of Kerala to restore water supply to Tamil Nadu from the Neyyar Dam.
(d) Inter-linking of Rivers :
(i) Inter-linking of Peninsular Rivers:-
The Government of Tamil Nadu has been urging the
Government of India to implement the interlinking of the Rivers
Mahanadhi-Godavari-Krishna-Pennar-Palar-Cauvery and then on to
Gundar as also the diversion of waters of the west flowing rivers of
Pamba and Achankovil to Vaippar in Tamil Nadu under the
Peninsular Rivers Development Component.
In a Public Interest Petition the Supreme Court, in its Order
dated 27.2.2012, directed the Government of India, Ministry of
Water Resources, to constitute a Special Committee for the implementation of Inter-Linking of Rivers. Unfortunately, the Union
Ministry of Water Resources, after the formation of the Committee
in May, 2013, has not taken any further steps to implement the inter linking of rivers project. I have the following requests:
The Special Committee for interlinking of rivers should be activated.
All inter-State rivers should be nationalised so that
water resources of the Country are optimally utilised.
(ii) Inter-linking of Rivers within the State:-
Athikadavu-Avinashi Flood Canal Scheme:
Government of Tamil Nadu had sought the assistance
of Government of India for implementation of the
Athikadavu-Avinashi Flood Canal Scheme at an
estimated cost of Rs.1862 crores. This may be sanctioned on a priority basis.
Pennaiyar (Sathanur Dam)Palar Link Scheme and
Pennaiyar-Nedungal Anicut-Palar Link at an estimated cost of Rs.500 crores may kindly be
The proposal to divert the flood waters of Cauvery
to drought prone areas by linking the Rivers
Cauvery-Vaigai-Gundar at a cost of Rs.5166 crores which was kept pending and later returned by the
previous Central Government may be approved
(e) Cauvery Modernisation Scheme:
The River Cauvery is the lifeline of Tamil Nadu. With the
notification of the Final Order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the scheme for Modernisation of the
Canal System in the Cauvery Basin at a cost of Rs.11,421
crores may be accorded approval.
II. SRI LANKAN TAMIL ISSUE
There are very strong sentiments amongst Tamils and in Tamil
Nadu on a range of issues relating to Indias relations with the present regime in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the final stages of
the civil war in Sri Lanka, which was marked by an ethnic pogrom
and genocide perpetrated on the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka. The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly has already passed four
Resolutions condemning the continuing discrimination against the
Tamil minorities in Sri Lanka and violation of their human rights.
I request that India should sponsor a resolution in the United
Nations condemning the genocide in Sri Lanka and to hold to account all those responsible for the genocide and thereby render
justice to the Tamils in Sri Lanka. The resolution should also provide
for holding a Referendum amongst Tamils in Sri Lanka and displaced Sri Lankan Tamils across the world for formation of a separate Tamil
III. FISHERIES SECTOR
(a) Protection of the Traditional Fishing Rights of Indian Fishermen in the Palk Bay and Ensuring their Safety and
I had written 41 times in the last three years to the then Prime Minister on the 76 incidents of apprehension and 67 incidents of
attacks on or harassment of the fishermen of Tamil Nadu by the Sri
Lankan Navy. These incidents have caused great unrest amongst the Fishermen Community of Tamil Nadu. Such incidents are a
national issue as any attack on an innocent Indian is an attack on
India. But the previous Government did not take up the matter forcefully.
Although our fishermen, in an accommodative frame of mind,
have come forward for talks between the fishermen of both the countries, the second round of talks held in Colombo on 12th May,
2014, failed without any agreement due to the obduracy of the Sri
Lankan Foreign Ministry officials. I request the Honble Prime Minister to take all efforts to protect the traditional fishing
rights of Indian (Tamil Nadu) fishermen in the Palk Bay area
and to ensure their safety and security.
(b) Retrieval of Katchatheevu and Restoration of Traditional
Fishing Rights of Tamil Nadu Fishermen
Katchatheevu is a small island of approximately 285 acres in the Palk Straits off Rameswaram, which was a part of
Ramanthapuram District of Tamil Nadu. It was originally under the
ownership of the Raja of Ramanathapuram for which there is sufficient documentary proof. The Indian fishermen enjoyed
traditional fishing rights in and around the island of Katchatheevu.
As per Agreements entered into in 1974 and 1976, Katchatheevu was ceded to Sri Lanka and the fishermen of Tamil Nadu have
been deprived of their fishing rights around Katchatheevu ever since then.
In 1991, the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly passed a
resolution seeking the restoration of Katchatheevu Island and the sea area adjacent to it to India. Further, a proposal was sent to the
Government of India in 2003 to examine the feasibility of getting
the island of Katchatheevu and adjacent seas on a lease in perpetuity.
I have personally filed a Writ Petition (W.P. (Civil) No.561/
2008) in this regard in the Supreme Court of India in 2008 and the Government of Tamil Nadu has also impleaded itself in 2011. As per
the order of the Supreme Court of India in the Berubari case of
1960, a part of any territory owned by India can be ceded to another country only through a Constitutional Amendment.
However, Katchatheevu was ceded to Sri Lanka without a
Constitutional amendment and hence the ceding is unlawful and not valid. The unconstitutional ceding of the island and the fishing
grounds in the vicinity have emboldened the Sri Lankan Navy to
resort to frequent attacks on our innocent fishermen who fish in their traditional fishing grounds.
The Government of India should, hence, take active
steps to abrogate the 1974 and 1976 agreements and retrieve Katchatheevu and restore the traditional fishing
rights of the fishermen of Tamil Nadu.
(c) Comprehensive Special Package for Diversification of Fisheries
(i) Diversification of bottom trawlers into Deep Sea Tuna
This would reduce the pressure of bottom-trawling boats in the
Palk Bay and will cost Rs.975 crores over thr